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Lawyer Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers amongst Illinois metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,270
25th Percentile Wage
$76,150
50th Percentile Wage
$115,530
75th Percentile Wage
$184,390
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $184,390. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $115,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,270.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$115,530
8.92% -11.27%
2016
$105,220
4.84% -
2015
$100,130
-1.57% -
2014
$101,700
-11.53% -
2013
$113,430
-13.33% -
2012
$128,550
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Illinois ranges from $61,820 to $122,970. The highest paying area for lawyers in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a median annual salary of $122,970. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) (mean annual salary $120,440). The lowest paying area is Bloomington-Normal with a median annual salary of $61,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$122,970
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$120,440
Champaign-Urbana
$112,350
Peoria
$97,740
Rockford
$95,190
Decatur
$94,610
Springfield
$89,940
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$89,900
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$85,900
Danville
$75,400
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$75,380
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$62,460
Kankakee-Bradley
$62,390
Bloomington-Normal
$61,820




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